Imperial College London

Dr Theoni K. Georgiou

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Senior Lecturer



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RSM 1.05Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





  • Short Bio

Theoni obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Cyprus in 2001, followed by a PhD in 2006 in Polymer Chemistry entitled “Star polymers for gene delivery and star-based polymeric networks” under the supervision of Professor Costas Patrickios. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Antonios G. Mikos at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University in the USA. She worked on “Polymeric materials for tissue engineering” and on “Degradable polymers for gene delivery”. In October 2007, after she was awarded an RCUK Academic Fellowship, she moved to UK to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hull. In January 2014 she joined the Department of Materials at Imperial College as a Lecturer and she was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in September 2016.

Her research interests involve synthesis and characterisation of polymers and their evaluation in a variety of applications like drug delivery, gene delivery, photothermal therapy etc. She is also interested in the self-assembly of multiblock copolymers, gels and stabilising dispersions or particles by using polymeric macrosurfactants.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Constantinou AP, Zhao H, McGilvery CM, et al., 2017, A Comprehensive Systematic Study on Thermoresponsive Gels: Beyond the Common Architectures of Linear Terpolymers, Polymers, Vol:9, ISSN:2073-4360

Ward MA, Georgiou TK, 2013, Multicompartment thermoresponsive gels: does the length of the hydrophobic side group matter?, Polymer Chemistry, Vol:4, ISSN:1759-9954, Pages:1893-1902

Georgiou TK, 2014, Star polymers for gene delivery, Polymer International, Vol:63, ISSN:0959-8103, Pages:1130-1133

Lu B, Tarn MD, Pamme N, et al., 2015, Tailoring pH-responsive acrylic acid microgels with hydrophobic crosslinks for drug release, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, Vol:3, ISSN:2050-750X, Pages:4524-4529

Ghasdian N, Buzza DMA, Fletcher PDI, et al., 2015, ABC Triblock Copolymer Micelles: Spherical Versus Worm-Like Micelles Depending on the Preparation Method, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Vol:36, ISSN:1022-1336, Pages:528-532

Ghasdian N, Ward MA, Georgiou TK, 2014, Well-defined "clickable'' copolymers prepared via one-pot synthesis, Chemical Communications, Vol:50, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:7114-7116

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